Friendly Friday – Welcome! – Frugal Novice

Friendly Friday – Welcome!

Hi! If you’re visiting for the first time, my name is Christi and I’m the blogger here. As many of you know, Friday Follow ended as of last week. I, along with many of you, had a lot of fun participating in this each week. It was good way to find new blogs, and get a lot of great traffic and followers along the way.

Since Friday Follow is no more, Xenia at Thanks Mail Carrier, Charla at Healthy Home Blog and I have teamed up to create something new for each Friday so that there’s still something fun for us to be a part of every week. We wrote Lynn at Midday Escapades and she’s wished us the best with this new venture. We hope you’ll participate so we can continue to get to know more of the great bloggers that are out there!

We’re calling this Friendly Friday, because it’s all about making friends in blogville. We’ll post the link list each week at 11pm on Thursdays CST. Include your link in our list, and then start blog hopping! Follow the three hostesses first, then visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love. Take a minute to follow them through Google Friend Connect – this is a good way to keep up with other blogs, but also lets us show support to each other!

When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Friendly Friday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers out of participating, and it’s a win-win situation! :) If you’d like to make a Friendly Friday post, you can include the button from the top of this post with a link back to Friendly Friday. Making a post for Friendly Friday can be helpful because then people visiting your blog have a perfect place to leave comments.

In addition, each week we’ll select three blogs at random and will feature links and a write-up for those blogs in the content of next week’s Friendly Friday post. There are so many seriously wonderful blogs out there, and this will be a wonderful way to highlight some of those each week.

We hope you’ll be a part of Friendly Friday and spread the word to your friends! We look forward to getting to know you and provide a great way for bloggers to support each other.

Since this is the first week, we thought we’d let you know a little bit about each of us:

The Frugal Novice: Like I mentioned earlier, I’m Christi. I’m a 28-year-old Christian wife and mom, and have lived in Texas all my life.  I do advertising sales and design, and do a lot of freelance work on the side. I’m married to Brian, a graphic designer, and we have two adorable little boys – J, who will be 3 in August, and C, who turned 1 in April. My other “baby” is our 6-year-old miniature dachshund, Josie. I love spending time with my friends and family, baking, crafty things, shopping (for bargains), and working on fixing up our 1972 house bit by bit. I’ve had a family blog since 2007 when J was born, but started The Frugal Novice more recently after my mom encouraged me to give it a try. I love blogging and all the friends I’ve made through the process. I started my blog focusing solely on ways to save money, but quickly decided that if I’m going to write I want it to be about all sorts of different things I love, so it’s expanded a little since its start!

Thanks, Mail Carrier: Hi everyone, I’m Xenia. I apologize right off the bat that your brain is wondering how in the world to pronounce my name, but I’ll just blame my mom for wanting me to be unique. Try not to let the X throw you off, it’s Za-knee-a, with the stress on the second syllable. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s nice to meet you! Over at Thanks, Mail Carrier, my wonderful husband, 3 and 1-year-old daughters and I love the vrooooom sound the mail truck makes when it heads down our block. Who doesn’t get excited about receiving mail and wouldn‘t like to know what the best products are that they could have their mail carrier deliver right to their door? I love knowing that the information I give to readers helps peak their interest and hopefully aids them in becoming a better consumer and I take a lot of pride in my thorough, honest reviews of items of all kinds. When we’re not trying out great new products, my girls and I love to spend time with good friends and fit as much laughter into the day as possible. Stop by anytime and say hello!

Healthy Home Blog: Hi!  I’m Charla, definitely the oldest of the three.  In fact, I’m Christi’s mom, and I can tell you that it’s such a blessing to have a daughter who is also one of my best friends.  Here are some things about me: I’m not only a Christian wife, mother of two, mother-in-law, and grandmother to Christi & Brian’s two precious little boys, but also a teacher.    I taught school in the Texas public school system for 19 years, and this past year I’ve been doing substitute teaching, hoping to get a full time teaching job again in the fall.  I was encouraged and motivated by our son (who’s a college student) to start blogging back in the summer of 2007, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.  Sure, the money helps out, but what I value most is the connection to all my blogger friends.  :)  My favorite thing to do? Spend time with family!

Now, on to the fun part – add your link! Thanks so much for being a part of the very first Friendly Friday!


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  • Rachel D. May 20, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I’m so glad you guys started this! =) I am now following you!

  • SquirrelQueen May 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Christi, happy first Friendly Friday. Thanks for hosting.

    I am your newest follower.

    Have a great weekend.
    .-= SquirrelQueen´s last blog ..Fluffy on Blue – SkyWatch Friday =-.

  • Glenda May 20, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you for doing this! How fun!!! I’m following now!
    .-= Glenda´s last blog ..Take Off The Weight Tuesdays =-.

  • Jessie May 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks so much for starting Friendly Friday! I love this idea & I’m now following you!

  • Jackie @ 3 Little Ones May 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I’m following u now :) great idea you girls had!
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  • Tanya May 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this! Am now following you. Have a wonderful weekend! :)
    .-= Tanya´s last blog ..Pillowcase Dresses =-.

  • cassandra aubut May 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you all so much for hosting this! I am your newest follower!

  • Mayra May 20, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Love it!! Nice to meet you all. =) Now following.
    .-= Mayra´s last blog ..Get a Haircut =-.

  • Kim May 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Hi! Im a new follower! I hope you’ll follow me back!

  • Shamrocks and Shenanigans May 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks so much!
    .-= Shamrocks and Shenanigans´s last blog ..Guinness Beef Stew =-.

  • Christine May 21, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for keeping up the Friday fun! I am a new follower. Christine from Cute Stuff
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Friendly Friday =-.

  • Jodi May 21, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Thanks so much for hosting this! I joined up and I’m your newest follower! Hope you have a great weekend!!

    .-= Jodi´s last blog ..Friendly Friday! =-.

  • candi durbin May 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Hi I’m your newest follower. Cute blog! I hope you follow me back!
    .-= candi durbin´s last blog ..Win your own eco-friendly Tiffin box! Giveaway! Coming Soon =-.

  • Ty Watson May 21, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Hi, I’m your newest follower.

    .-= Ty Watson´s last blog ..Micheal’s — Coupon Bonanza is back! =-.

  • Tiffanee May 21, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for keeping this going. It is so fun to have a new title for it. I love it. I am also glad to have found your blog. Now your newest follower. Happy Friendly Friday!!
    .-= Tiffanee´s last blog ..Celebrating Hormel’s® 75th Anniversary with Corn Bread & Chili Casserole =-.

  • Marie's Cozy Corner May 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

    your newest follower. have a great weekend.

  • Tara May 21, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Sorry to hear about Friday Follow. I loved linking up.

    I have been hosting Follow Me Fridays at Trendy Treehouse for a while now. I would love to have you join in.

    Hope to see you there! Have a wonderful weekend!
    .-= Tara´s last blog ..? Follow Me Fridays Blog Hop ? =-.

  • Missy May 21, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Just followed you ! Thanks !!
    .-= Missy´s last blog ..Social Parade ! =-.

  • Mandala May 21, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Hi! Following from Friendly Friday – hope you can also visit my site and join my giveaway. Thanks :)
    .-= Mandala´s last blog ..Scrubbing Bubbles Extend-a-Clean™ Power Sprayer Review, $10 Walmart GC & Coupons Giveaway =-.

  • Natalie Covarrubias May 21, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Glad to be following! Would love if you could follow back

  • missy May 21, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I grew up with a dachsund! Cute dogs. I’m following you now. Thanks for the invite!
    .-= missy´s last blog ..Friendly Friday =-.

  • Monique May 21, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Hey – came over from Friendly Friday. I’m following you on GFC.
    .-= Monique´s last blog ..Bonding with Mom over Baking =-.

  • Anne May 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I’m a follower, thanks for taking this on.

  • Cara May 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Following! Thanks for hosting! :)
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..The Infiniti by Conair You Curl Giveaway =-.

  • MageeMommy May 21, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Yahoooo! thanks so much for hosting!

    .-= MageeMommy´s last blog ..Friendly and Follow Me Fridays :) =-.

  • Jennifer May 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Nice to meet you, newest follower:)
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..FRIENDLY FRIDAY =-.

  • Sasx3 May 21, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Following you :)
    .-= Sasx3´s last blog ..Friendly Friday!! =-.

  • LeeAnn May 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Hi Christi! Thank you so much for hosting this! My husband’s name is also Brian and I have two little ones that are both a little younger than yours. :-) Nice to meet you. I’m following you now.
    .-= LeeAnn´s last blog ..Weekend Review – Dr. Brown’s Bottles =-.

  • Julia May 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

    I am following :)
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Friday Blog Hops =-.

  • Aurora May 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Hi i’m now following you too. Thanks for getting this going again. love finding new blogs and bloggy friends. :)

  • Hippie Mommie May 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Hey! I’m your newest follower! Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

  • Steph May 21, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I’m all about being frugal, that’s for sure! I love DIY projects and finding amazing clothing and food deals. New follower! :) Thanks for hosting!
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Thankful Thursday 05.20.10 =-.

  • Bridgette Groschen May 21, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Hi! Happy Friendly Friday! I already love your blog!


  • Crystal H May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for hosting this! I am now following:

  • Kati May 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Thanks so much for starting this. I’m your newest follower.
    .-= Kati´s last blog ..Thursday Giveaway Link Up =-.

  • Sue May 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I linked up & am following you now – ty for hosting this.
    .-= Sue´s last blog ..Post It Note Tuesday #9 =-.

  • MagicMummy May 21, 2010 at 9:40 am


    Happy Friendly Friday

    I’m following you now ;-)

  • Kime' May 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

    now following you

  • Cynthia May 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Yay! This is awesome! Thanks for hosting this :) This is going to be so much fun every week!
    .-= Cynthia´s last blog ..I have so much updating to do!! =-.

  • Paula@One Mom's Corner of the World May 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Hi! Thank you for doing this! I just signed up to be your follower.
    .-= Paula@One Mom’s Corner of the World ´s last blog ..Today is Mega Swag Bucks Day! =-.

  • Amy May 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Your newest follower via Friendly Friday!!

    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Blog Hop Friday =-.

  • J May 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Happy Friday!
    .-= J´s last blog ..Fantasy Jewelry Box Review & Giveaway =-.

  • Owen's Mom May 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Glad to meet you! Happy Friendly Friday. Thanks a bunch for picking this up. So much fun.
    .-= Owen’s Mom´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – #12 =-.

  • Bethany May 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

    New follower! Thanks for starting Friendly Follow! I am number 138 Confessions Of Me: One Crazy Mom! Check me out!

  • Jennifer May 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for hosting this! Following you now!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..More FREE downloads! =-.

  • Dina May 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

    New follower – nice to meet you! Dina @
    .-= Dina´s last blog ..EXPO Washable Dry Erase Markers: Review =-.

  • Teresa @ Too Many Heartbeats May 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Thanks so much for hosting Friendly Friday! I’m so glad to have a place to find new blogs and new friends! I’m your newest follower. I hope you will come visit me, too.

    Have a great weekend!


    Teresa <
    .-= Teresa @ Too Many Heartbeats´s last blog ..FRIENDLY FRIDAY #1 =-.

  • Rebecca May 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    What a super great idea. Boo I never did get to team up with Follow Friday. Something always came up. I’d link up today but I honestly blogged some rantings today and I don’t want folks to meet me this way. I’ll come back next week. Thanks for providing more blogs to check out.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Why? =-.

  • Charlene May 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Happy Friendly Friday…..Thanks for the email last night! I’m a new follower!!
    .-= Charlene´s last blog ..Rr is for Rooster =-.

  • Melissa Miller May 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Christi it is so nice to meet you! Thank you hosting Friendly Friday!
    Blessings to you and yours. ~Melissa :)

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